hello doc.... my baby z 10 months old. she is going through developmental delays. my question is what is better dal ka Pani or dal itself.. im giving her dal but someone told me that giving dal ka pani is better same i do for rice. i mash around a teaspoon rice in its water n feed her is it ok... ??

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you need to give mashed dal now. Give proper dal, rice etc so that they meet your baby's nutritional needs. A nine month old baby needs more than a teaspoon of rice, gradually increase the amount of food to her appetite or half a katori. You can give porridge of suji, sago, dalia, rice flakes, ragi etc. Kheer of apple, rice etc. halwa of suji, atta, pumpkin, gajar, sweet potato etc. Khichri, upma, thin dal, soft scrambled egg yolk, soups, mashed veggies with potato, mashed banana, stewed fruit and juice etc. You may maximum offer a child in this age 3 solid feeds and 3-4 milk feeds. Keep enough gap between her feeds, be it solid or milk to ensure that she is hungry. Again total milk amount can be between 500-650 ml maximum in a day, so that the child doesn't fill her stomach with milk only. Introduce one new food at a time, let the child accept it and gets used to it for few days. Introduce another new food only after a week. Do not introduce new foods back to back, it may confuse the child and would lower her acceptance. Try and keep the consistency thin to semi solid, depending on child's preference and swallowing/chewing capacity. Hope this helps.

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